Founder of The Essential Ingredient. He has inspired thousands of home cooks with his beautiful stores full of top line equipment, cookbooks and hard-to-find ingredients.
A member of the Bunurong clan, of the Kulin nation. Author of nine books, Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, lecturer, Indigenous language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.
Sandra de Pury
As fourth-generation winemaker at Yeringberg, Sandra views her art as “the perfect combination of intellectual, physical and sensory engagement.”
A leading chef, presenter and media personality. He is the owner and head chef of Grossi Restaurants and has authored five esteemed cookbooks.
Inspired by her friendship with retired farmer Noel Jenner, Melissa founded the initiative ‘This Farm Needs a Farmer’ to connect those new to farming with the more experienced.
Hostplus Trailblazer Award: Matt Stone and Jo Barrett
Passionate advocates of zero-waste cooking and ethical food, Jo and Matt co-head the kitchen at Oakridge Wines, creating a destination dining room in the Yarra Valley.
For 25 years our Legends hall of fame has paid tribute to the leaders, ground breakers and visionaries of Victoria’s food and wine industry.
Each year we announce a select number of new inductees to become Festival Legends to join the ranks of Victoria’s most prestigious chefs, producers, culinary educators, wine producers and restaurateurs of all time.